Manteca can regulate short-term rentals


An increasing number of Manteca homes are rented out on a short-term basis – mainly for one or two days – through internet bookings.

Daily rentals are apparently the cause of the problems generated in the affected neighborhoods.

They include two types of renters: those looking for a stopover on a trip like Yosemite or San Francisco, and those who throw parties.

Such use in recent months has led to an increase in complaints about unruly parts, excessive noise and a significant increase in the number of vehicles parked on the streets of the neighborhood.

Although Airbnb is the most popular, there are other websites that offer Manteca ads. A spot check indicated that there were over 40 unique listings for the short-term rental market that was once the stronghold of the regulated hotel accommodation business.

Out of these three, it appears to be homes that function 100 percent as short-term rentals.

Tonight, when city council meets at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., staff are asking if they want Manteca to regulate short-term rentals.

Potential options besides leaving it as it is include:

* Ban them outright.

* Mandate a minimum of nights a property must be rented as two or more nights.

* Requiring owner occupancy of all short term rentals.

* Set a limit on the number of guests per visit.

* Limitation of the number of vehicles on the rented goods per visit.

* Authorize them in certain zoning districts.

* Restrict the number of permits for short-term rentals throughout the city.

* Only allows them in certain types of housing such as condos, independent houses, apartments, duplexes or mobile homes.

* Establish minimum distances between short term rentals.

* Place limits on the number of months in a year that homes can be used as short term rentals.

* Limit rentals to secondary units on the property where the host resides.

* Any combination of the above.

Not mentioned in the staff report for tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, whether those rentals that target the same business and leisure travel market as hotels should be subject to the tax. hotel management of 12% of Manteca.

At least one neighbor to a short-term rental home that happens to be listed on Airbnb has also complained about a growing trend of multiple families living in the same home, and more and more people renting out rooms. people a bit like the pensions of yesteryear.

18 years ago, the city, when the issue arose of a 4,400 square foot house with seven bedrooms near Joshua Cowell School rented to five different couples and / or individuals at the time, had stated that it could not regulate such use given the zoning of the single family home. applied per se would be discriminatory under the Federal Housing Act.

Such rentals of multiple rooms or families sometimes living unrelatedly in the same house are not considered to fall into the same category as hostel residences which are a growing business or short term rentals for travelers.

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